WASHINGTON (AP) – Was it just a coincidence?
In a July 27, 2016, speech, then-candidate Donald Trump called on Russian hackers to find emails from his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the U.S. presidential campaign.
“Russia, if you’re listening,” Trump said, “I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
Hours later, the Main Intelligence Directorate in Moscow appeared to heed the call – targeting Clinton’s personal office and hitting more than 70 other Clinton campaign accounts.
That’s according to a grand jury indictment Friday charging 12 Russian military intelligence officers with hacking into the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party as part of a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election.
The indictment says July 27 was the first time Clinton’s personal office was targeted.